May I travel miry paths with a life pure from spot or stain. In needful transactions let my affection be in heaven, and my love soar upwards in flames of fire, my gaze fixed on unseen things, my eyes open to the emptiness, fragility, mockery of earth and its vanities. May I view all things in the mirror of eternity, waiting for the coming of my Lord, listening for the last trumpet call, hastening unto the new heaven and earth. Order this day all my communications according to Thy wisdom, and to the gain of mutual good. Forbid that I should not be profited or made profitable. May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day. May I speak each word as if my last word, and walk each step as my final one. If my life should end today, let this be my best day.
This is an excerpt called Morning Dedication from the Valley of Vision. Those last few lines might seem morbid to some, but they’re so refreshing to me! It reminds me of something I told my sister in law last night concerning the big changes ahead for our little family. We talked about change has a wonderful way of waking us from our slumber and pushing us to proactively pursue the valuable things in life. So simple and so true. I know the family in this photo can attest to this perspective. Their story is not mine to write about, but this image is powerful because she has opened up and shared her story with me. I am thankful when that happens, because it gives me the opportunity to communicate something much deeper than I otherwise could have.
These are the two areas I’m hoping to grow this year– fixing my eyes on the unseen and communicating something deeper through my images. I know that not everyone necessarily wants that in their portraits, but it’s a way for me to keep pushing myself as an artist and growing as a child of God.
And lastly, before I head out, I updated my about me tab if you want to check it out!